Where Are They Now: Holden Capps

Holden Capps is currently a Left handed pitcher in the Kansas City Royals organization. Capps is playing for the Lexington Legends, which is a Class A affiliate of the Royals. Capps was drafted in the 8th round, of the 2017 MLB draft by the Royals. Capps is sitting at 6’2 and is 200 pounds. Capps grew up in Lawton, Oklahoma and went to high school at Lawton High. Capps started his college career at Redlands University in El Reno, then to he transferred to Charlotte to play for the Charlotte 49ers, and he would finished his college career at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. Capps played with the SW Shockers, during the 2012, 2013, and the 2014 season. After his 3 years of playing for the Shockers, Capps began coaching for them during the 2015 and 2016 season.

Capps has a very electric fastball, as he has topped out at 96. Other pitches in Capps arsenal are, a Slider, sinker, and a changeup. Capps is currently 0-0 on the season, with a 2.84 ERA. Capps has collected 11 strikeouts, and has allowed 0 walks on the season. In Capps final college season, at Central Oklahoma, he went 8-5 and had a 4.39 ERA. In 96.1 innings, Capps had 92 strikeouts. Capps led Central Oklahoma to a 37-21-1 record, and going 4-2 in the NCAA division 2 Central regional. Capp is know for his ability to finish off hitters, as he had a dominant slider sitting at 82-84. In Capps last 59.1 innings, he has managed to keep the ball inside the yard as he has only allowed 2 home runs.

Interview:

Q: Explain the transformation from college baseball to the minor leagues

A: “The hardest transformation from college to professional Baseball would have to be the hours, not only on field hours but also hours spent on the bus. We usually arrive at the field around 2:00 for a 7:05 game, and don’t leave until around 10:30 or 11:00 that night. That’s roughly 8 or 9 hours a day that I’m at the field. That’s why I believe you have to love this game tremendously to be successful at this high of a level.”

Q: Explain your journey to the minor leagues

A: “Out of high school I went to Redlands Community College for 2 years. That’s one of the best decisions I ever made, was going to junior college. I had NCAA schools that wanted me but I wanted to go somewhere and make an impact insistently, I wanted to be a dude so to speak. Then I signed to play with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, I went there for my junior year. I loved the college, the coaches, my teammates, I just felt it wasn’t the right fit for me. So I decided to come back home for my senior year, not knowing if I would ever get the chance to play baseball after college I wanted to give my family the opportunity to watch me every time I took the mound, knowing it could be my last year to ever play the game. I made the best decision I could’ve and decided to go to the university of Central Oklahoma. I knew it was possibly my last year to play baseball so I went into my senior year and told myself everyday I was going to leave everything I had on the field. Whether that was a workout, conditioning, my throwing program, or in game. And everything else took care of itself. I left my future up to my work ethic and gods plan.”

Q: What is your most dominant pitch? And why?

A: “My most dominant pitch would be my fastball, and if I said anything different I would be straying away from what I teach the kids I work with. Being able to command your fastball and throwing it with conviction will evaluate your level of play. Your fastball has to be your most dominant pitch. But my put away pitch or strike out pitch would be my slider. That’s the pitch I get the most swing and misses with.”

Q: What would you say to others kids wanting to play in he MLB

A: “To the younger generation, I would say you never know what can happen. Anything is possible if you stay on the right track, if you truly want something in life then don’t ever stop chasing after it. I always imagined from a young age that I was going to play professional sports, I thought I was gonna be the next emmitt smith.. well that was obviously kind of a unrealistic goal. But once I got older my goal changed, and I fell in love with the game of baseball. There was nothing I enjoyed more than being on that diamond, when I play the game nothing else matters. I guess you could say it was my get away. Something else I would tell them is to find their “get away”. Try to find something you are passionate about whether it’s sports or just a hobby.”

Q: During your time with the Shockers what was the most exciting moment

A: “My most exciting experience with the shockers besides coaching, would have to be going to the College World Series tournament. And being able to watch a few games of the College World Series.

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